Hoisin sauce is frequently used in Chinese cooking. It is made with fermented soybeans, spices and dried peppers. It is thick in texture, with a reddish-brown colour.

6 servings I Preparation time: 30 minutes I Difficulty: Average

  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 375 g (3/4 lb) ground pork
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 400 g (14 oz) rice noodles
  • 250 g (1/2 lb) bean sprouts, washed and drained
  • 1/3 cucumber, in thin strips
  • 8 radishes, finely sliced
  • 3 pickles, finely sliced
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  1. Heat the oil in a wok and saute the onion over high heat. Add the pork, garlic and ginger. Cook for 3 minutes, and add the sugar, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce.
  2. Add the wine and the water, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Cook the noodles in boiling salted water as per package instructions, and drain well.
  4. Shape the noodles into a nest in deep serving plates, and fill the centre with the meat mixture. Arrange the bean sprouts, cucumber, radishes, pickles and green onions on the plate in a decorative fashion, and serve immediately.

– from the book, “Cooking with Foods that Fight Cancer”, by Richard Beliveau, Ph.D., and Denis Gingras. Ph.D

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